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It’s Fall Y’all!

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

IMG_5239Ahhhh! Welcome to fall.  The cool crisp air is among us (in the mornings!) and we can start to enjoy the outside without sweating to death.  Wonder what’s going on around town when taking a break from getting out your boots, scarves, and baking pumpkin everything? I was curious too.  Here are my top 5 things to do, it’s time to dust off the boots and get out of the city for a day!

1. Georgia Apple Festival ::  On October 10-17, this festival is a short drive to Ellijay, GA.  With arts and crafts, a classic car show, parade, apple pie recipe contest and of course apple picking, you’ll find something for everyone in your family.  Admission is only $5.00 and kids 10 and under are free.

2. Helen Oktoberfest :: This year will mark the 45th annual Oktoberfest in Helen, which makes it the longest running in the United States! Starting on September 17 and running through November 1, you’ll find plenty of beer, brats, lederhosen! Or take a dance partner to do the polka to one of the many German-style bands that will be preforming.  Tickets are $8.00 MondayFriday, $10.00 on Saturday, and Sunday’s are free!

3. Georgia Mountain Fall Festival :: From October 9-17 get on up to Hiawassee, GA.  Not only does this festival have all the usual things (music and arts /crafts) it also has a pioneer village and “old ways” demo.  Let your kids see how and old mountain town used to look and operate in the pioneer village and learn how to quilt, make soap, or how to be a blacksmith in the “old ways” demonstrations.  Tickets are $12.00 and children 12 and under are free.  Parking is also free!

4. The Rock Ranch :: It’s a quick trip to this hidden gem in The Rock, GA.  Hay rides, corn maze, pony rides, petting zoo, and pedal cars are just a few of the numerous activities The Ranch has to offer.  Seriously, there are more activities than I could name, you’ll certainly spend the whole day here! This is definitely on my list for fall! Tickets are $15.00 per person (age 2 and up).

5. The Peters Co. Pumpkin Patch :: Yep! Our very own pumpkin patch for our awesome clients, friends, and families! This event is The Peters Company’s favorite event of the year! We’ll have a pumpkin for each family to take home, jumpy house, cotton candy, popcorn, and much, much, more! Mark your calendars now for October 18 and be on the lookout for your invitation in your mailbox soon!

Written by Katelyn Sheffield, The Peters Company Transaction Coordinator

So you think you’re slick not using an agent…

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

I love it when a prospective homebuyer tells me that they have an agent, but they aren’t sure they are going to use them. [to be read with extreme sarcasm] Or how about when someone wants to represent themselves because they don’t need an agent? These buyers might think they’re being slick, but there’s a fair amount of riverboat gambling going on there. Let me debunk a few myth misconceptions about the real estate business.

  1. “I don’t want to fool with a real estate agent so I’m just going to ‘cut to the chase and make my offer to the agent directly. Agents like agents. It’s a lot easier for an agent to reason with another agent, separating the emotion from logic, than it is to effectively communicate with a party to a transaction directly. Also, agents are going to prepare their clients appropriately so they know what to expect and why to expect it. If all things were equal, I’d much prefer to have an agent on the other side of a transaction because it just makes the transaction smoother for everyone. This is a sentiment shared by most agents I know. Transactions without an agent on the other side at some point or another are bound to get awkward.
  2. “Without an agent representing me, I’m going to save those agent fees. Sales commissions are agreed upon upfront between the Seller and the agent in the listing agreement before the property is ever even put on the market. The listing agent agrees to split or provide compensation for the agent who brings the buyer. If you don’t have an agent, you’re not saving 3-4%. The listing agent is simply making double the money. The listing agreement controls the commission in the transaction unless otherwise agreed upon in writing in the sales agreement. If the sales commission is already set and going to be paid regardless, why would you not want an agent representing you in the transaction?
  3. “I don’t need representation because my attorney can draw up my contract for me. Representation is more than drawing up paperwork. Representation is ensuring that you aren’t overpaying or that you’re not missing a key defect or red flag surrounding a property. A quality agent representing a buyer provides wise counsel throughout the process and has access to highly vetted vendors and service providers such as contractors, lenders, movers, etc. who ensure you have what you need when you need it. Currently 1/3 of under contract transactions are terminated for one reason or another prior to reaching the closing table. When deals don’t close, attorneys still have to be paid for their time regardless. Real estate agents are only compensated with a closed deal. Don’t lose the house and get stuck with a massive attorney bill!
  4. “I can get all the information I need off Zillow or Trulia. We get this one a lot. While the internet is certainly changing the way we all do real estate, it’s not a one stop shop. The internet is only as good as the information that’s uploaded to it, and these two websites have a lot of garbage information pulled from tax records and slowly updated or glitchy MLS feeds. Trulia and Zillow’s business plan is built around advertising and their ability to sell buyer leads from their sites to real estate agents. To look it as anything more than that would be naive. Would you choose WebMD vs a primary care physician? Of course you wouldn’t! It’s a good starting point perhaps for research, but ultimately you have to have personal care and attention. Going at one of the largest investments of your life without a professional by your side is not advised.

You’d expect me to advocate the use of real estate agents since I am one, but I hope you’ll consider the pitfalls, liabilities and risks associated with not using an agent. If you’ve used an agent in the past and been burned, you’re one of many people we talk to every week. I’m here to tell you that not all real estate agents are created equal. At The Peters Company we tell all of our clients upfront that we want this to be the best real estate transaction of their life, and then we go and make it happen through first class representation. Looking for a Metro Atlanta home and want agent representation? Call us today at 404-419-3619!

Written by Andy Peters

Sink or Swim with a Swimming Pool in Metro Atlanta???

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015


About 2 years ago, we got the wild hair that we wanted to move! Why? So, we could have a house with a pool! Hard to believe, I know! You’d think you could just join a neighborhood pool or use the public pool around the corner. But, we wanted our very own swimming pool!

And, just like you, we’ve heard all the reasons NOT to have a house with a pool:

  • Huge Investment to Install
  • Costly to Maintain
  • Lots of Liability
  • Can’t Re-Coup Costs when Sell
  • Many Buyers Don’t Want a Home with a Pool

However, we got to neutral on all of the negatives pretty quickly.

  • A pool is a huge investment. But, in Atlanta, our swimming season can last a good 5 months and maybe even 6 if you have a heated pool. So, the reward to us far outweighed the investment.
  • A pool is costly to maintain. Yet, with today’s salt water pools and more energy efficient pumps, the costs have decreased. There are also several things you can do to keep costs down (use a pool cover, run the filter at night, clean your filters, and maintain proper chemical balances).
  • There are definitely risks and responsibilities with pool ownership. Having older children that are excellent swimmers helps. And, installing a privacy fence with gates that latch/lock are also imperative for any pool owner.
  • We may not recoup all the costs associated with the pool over the years. However, a pool adds to our family’s enjoyment of our home. And, there is truly no price tag for that!
  • Yes, there are some buyers that absolutely do NOT want a home with a pool. As real estate agents ourselves, we’ve found that those buyers make up a very small percentage of homebuyers at large. And, I’d venture to say that for every homebuyer that is adamant against having a pool, there is one that would pay more to have a home with a pool. In fact, they may want a pool so badly that they are willing to get over the home’s features that they dislike because it has a pool.

11301516_10100747373274792_2132202674_nFast forward 2 years at The Peters Home… I can say without a shadow of doubt that putting in a pool has been one of the best decisions we’ve ever made! Not only do our children enjoy it almost daily, but our neighbors and friends have enjoyed it as well! Our house has even become quite the party palace and I’d say it’s all because of the pool. And, there’s something about sitting outside at night on our laptops working by the pool. It gives you the feeling that you are on vacation ~ even if it is right in your very own backyard.

Have I sold you on putting in your very own pool? If so, I recommend calling Ron Heller at Artisan Pools ( His background in landscape architecture gives him the knowledge and vision to design the perfect pool. And, if you decide that you don’t want to service your pool alone, I highly recommend Luke Pool Service ( They are simply the BEST!

Don’t have the space to install a pool of your very own? We’d love to help you search for a Metro Atlanta home with a pool! Give us a call today at 404-419-3619 to get your search started!

Written by Lesley Peters

Spotlight on Atlanta Architect J.P. Curran with Curran and Co.

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

IMG_5082On Thursday evening, Andy and I had the great pleasure of attending Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles Premiere Party for the Serenbe Designer 2015 Showcase Home. Best yet… we were guests of our personal architect and friend, J.P. Curran, who was the architect of the gorgeous 2015 showhome.

And, I should say that there are very few individuals that would make me want to drive through torrential downpours, flooded interstates, and Braves traffic with Andy Peters behind the wheel. (If you’ve seen Andy drive, you know what I’m talking about.) But, for me, J.P. Curran is one of those people! He created our very own dream home for us in Brookhaven 2 years ago! And, not a day goes by, that I’m not thankful for our home that he so artfully designed!

Serenbe HouseYou see, J.P. has a knack for listening. I’ll never forget the first time we met with him. He was so quiet and reserved. (I’m accustomed to real estate agents who talk non-stop!) J.P. listened! Like really listened. Andy and I walked out of that meeting thinking there would be many, many more to follow as J.P. learned more about what we were looking for. We were wrong. We opened the first drawings a couple of weeks later and were absolutely AMAZED at how he had captured the home we’d been dreming of but just couldn’t put into details or words!

One of my biggest hang-ups with a home is when I drive by and can tell exactly what decade it was built! JP’s background from Historical Concepts has provided him with a background in traditional architecture and planning that will NEVER go out of style. And, I love that you’ll drive by my home 20 years from now and not realize it was built in 2014!

In our team meeting, just this morning, one of our agents was discussing a builder and said, “Gosh, I just wished they built prettier houses!” Andy and I immediately chimed in, “It’s not about the builder. It’s ALL about the ARCHITECT!”

JM Architect PaperIf you are looking to build a new construction home in Atlanta, I cannot recommend J.P. Curran from Curran and Co enough! His homes are simply stunning. In fact, go check one out for yourself!

Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles Serenbe 2015 Showhouse will be open through October 4th on Thursdays-Saturdays from 10-6 and Sundays from 12-6. For more information, visit

P.S. Our family thinks so highly of J.P. that our son, JM, wants to be an architect too! Check out his latest writing paper from school!

Written by Lesley Peters

Just Listed :: Beautiful Traditional in Canton’s Wentworth!

Monday, September 14th, 2015

221 Wentworth Drive Flyer front221 Wentworth Drive Flyer back

Welcome Home! Wentworth is a wonderful neighborhood located in the popular and fast growing Canton area. The flowing floor plan, custom features, and charming character of this home will never go out of style. The close proximity to I-575, I-75, and Sixes Road makes virtually all commutes a breeze! You’ll enjoy being only minutes from restaurants and shopping spots!


· Kitchen features ample cabinet and counter space, pantry, and breakfast area.

· Separate dining room is perfect for entertaining.

· Spacious family room boasts a soaring ceiling and cozy gas starter fireplace.

· Formal living room could easily be used as a home office or playroom.

· Master suite is a true retreat including a trey ceiling, dual closets, and private master bathroom.

· Spa-like master bathroom features a double vanity, garden tub, and separate shower.

· Additional bedrooms share a Jack and Jill style bathroom and are well-sized and bright.

· Laundry room is conveniently located upstairs.

· Garage easily fits two vehicles.

· Wonderful outdoor space includes a large deck overlooking the fully fenced backyard.

· Great location convenient to interstates, shopping, and  restaurants.

Missing Person Report :: Marketing/Listing Coordinator

Friday, September 11th, 2015

missing personDo you strive for excellence? Do you want to be an integral part of something big? Are you searching for that “wow” work environment where you are challenged to be the best person you can be and still have fun?

The Peters Company is looking for a professional individual with strong organizational and marketing skills, a sense of urgency, and high level of detail. This position will also require fluid movement within the organization during this rapid growth phase. The Marketing/Listing Coordinator develops and implements systems for one of the most highly-rated and dynamic real estate teams in Atlanta.  They implement a 33-touch lead generation plan that runs consistently and efficiently, making revisions as needed.  In addition, the Listing/Marketing Coordinator is responsible for maintaining all listings.  This includes producing marketing and promotional programs, providing regular feedback and communication to seller, keeping listing specialist updated on seller contracts, providing prelisting packages and comparable market analysis for listing appointments, and coordinating the staging, repairs, photography, and home improvement for listings.

 Key Skills ::

Proficient in Microsoft Word, Publisher and Excel

Proficient in Google Calendar, Drive, and Mail

Proficient in Apple Pages

Proficient in Social Media (including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)

Proficient in WordPress blog writing, maintenance and SEO

Experienced data entry

Working with clients and vendors

Strong written and verbal communication skills

Exceptional organizational skills

Calm under pressure

Concerned about doing things the right way

Quickly builds rapport with vendors and clients

 Position Requirements ::

High school graduate. Bachelor’s degree. Full-time position of 40+ hours/week, Monday-Friday. Since the world of real estate depends highly on clients’ schedules, some weekend and evening availability via phone/email may also be necessary.

 Salary :: $40,000

The Peters Company is a top performing real estate team with Keller Williams Realty Peachtree Road in Metro Atlanta and currently ranked in the Top 100 of Keller Williams teams nationally. We are experienced and knowledgeable real estate agents, tactful negotiators, and conscientious advisors. We represent both buyers and sellers independently. The Peters Company will double their sales volume over the next two years and is looking for a passionate individual to join us for a fun ride.

Candidates who are seeking a career opportunity, not a job, should apply. If this describes you or someone you know, call us right away to let us know you are interested at 404-564-5751 and be sure to state the position in which you are interested. All inquiries are confidential.

Pesky Peachtree

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

Peachtree StIf you’re new to Atlanta (or even if you’re not), you’re probably wondering – what is up with this city’s obsession with peach trees? Ironically, Atlanta has many more pine trees than peach trees, but you wouldn’t know it by driving through. With 71 streets containing the word “Peachtree” and many of them intersecting or overlapping you can see why your GPS would be going a bit crazy.

Since the route along “Peachtree” is the heart of where we sell real estate, it’s a fun little game to explain to new residents that when locals say “Peachtree Street” we’re usually talking about the main road that runs through the middle of the city. However, the real fun (and looks of confusion) begin when I explain that the SAME road has five names. It starts in Midtown at Peachtree Street and eventually becomes Peachtree Road in Buckhead, Peachtree Boulevard through Chamblee, Peachtree Industrial Boulevard in Norcross and finally Peachtree Parkway in (you guessed it) Peachtree Corners – not to be confused with Peachtree City. Whew.

The good news is that so long as you’re somewhere on Peachtree you’ll find plenty to do. Many prominent office buildings including the Georgia Pacific Tower, Westin Peachtree Plaza, SunTrust Plaza and Bank of America Plaza are all located on this famous road. If you’re looking for fine arts, you’re covered with the Woodruff Arts Center, the High Museum of Art, Atlanta Symphony and Alliance Theatre company all calling Peachtree home. As you move further north on Peachtree you’ll hit some of the city’s most fabulous shopping spots such as Lenox Square Mall, Phipps Plaza and the new Buckhead Atlanta (the South’s version of Rodeo Drive). And, just in case you were wondering, our office is also located off Peachtree Road!

And whether you’re looking to live in Peachtree Hills, Peachtree Battle, off Peachtree-Dunwoody Road or anywhere in between, we would LOVE to help you find the perfect home. Call us anytime!

Written by Jennie Moshure, Lead Buyer Specialist at The Peters Company

Congrats to The Peters Company July Metro Atlanta Homebuyers!

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

July Buyer 2015 Collage

Congrats, Vy and Jenny on purchasing your AMAZING new construction home in Brookhaven! You have known Jennie since your college days at Georgia State, and it means SO much that you put your faith in our team to help you sell and buy! There may have been a few bumps in the road but everything turned out beautifully. We hope you, Madeline and Luke love your home for many, many years.

Congratulations, Garry and Kim on your new adorable Ashford Park home! When you met Jennie and Andy at an open house last winter, who knew that you would become great friends and clients over the next few months!? Garry is the epitome of the perfect client, and it probably helps that his mom is a Realtor. So, he understands the life of an agent first hand. The search wasn’t always easy, but we think you found the PERFECT home, and a proposal at the end thrilled all of the girls on the team (Andy was excited too). Congrats again on your new home and upcoming nuptials!

Edythe, congrats on buying your very first home! We LOVE your location in Ashford Creek, and are so happy that you stayed in Brookhaven! Your townhouse is the perfect place for you to call home, and we can’t wait to see your “finishing touches!” Thanks for your trust in our team, and congrats, again!

Jason and Gini, congratulations on purchasing your very first home together – and it’s a gem! I think it was fate for us to drive into that neighborhood the night we found your home. While the search wasn’t always easy, you literally found the PERFECT blend of each of your styles. Jennie is super jealous of your shiplap ceilings, and we fully expect to be invited to a football party in your amazing “all seasons” room!

Congrats, Dave and Tracey on living your dream of owning an amazing home! We love helping family! For years you’ve sent us referrals and clients, and we were so excited to finally get the chance to help YOU buy a house! We know it will be a labor of love, but we are so excited to see the home when you’re finished making it your own! Thanks for your constant trust in our team. You’re the best!

Kathy – you did it again!  You bought two more investment properties in Buckhead, renovated them and rented them in a matter of weeks. You could do a tv show on how to turn a profit on a rental flip. Cross Creek is a great gated community that has pools, tennis courts and a golf course nestled in beautiful Buckhead yet all close to midtown.

Peter and Mary Ann started out in Roswell and ended up in the highly sought after Sibley Forest in East Cobb! What a wonderful way to start your new life together (and your soon to be baby girl) in your lovely new home! It was so fun working with such great friends and seeing your excitement when we found this home. I know you will enjoy this very social neighborhood and the swim/tennis too. A big congratulations to you on your new home and your bundle of joy arriving in November!  We are thrilled for your family!

When we first met for the buyer consultation and you said you were getting married in May 2016, I thought we would have a lot of months to search for the perfect place to call home. On our first outing, Chris and Katie fell in love with the 2nd house we saw in Brookhaven and closed on it 6 weeks later! You wanted a place you could stay in for a while and you got it – a Brookhaven charmer with a fabulous screened porch, a big deck and a fenced in yard for your dog. And by the way, Go Dawgs! Congratulations you two!

We went from new construction to condos and ended up with a fabulous townhome in your dream Brookhaven location! I can’t wait to see your before and after photos once you get your renovations and painting complete!  It has the open concept you wanted and soaring ceilings in a quiet, small community. So happy we found you a wonderful place to call home for many years to come! You were a pleasure to work with and I am honored to have been able to help you buy your first home! I am so happy your mom was able to join in and have some fun with us during your exciting adventure!  Congratulations, Heather!

Rod and Kelly were on the hunt for a family home in Marietta’s famous school districts when they stumbled across a for sale by owner. This turned out to be the best house for your family and some of the nicest sellers I’ve ever worked with in my 12 years of selling real estate! It was just meant to be especially after we saw the Auburn themed basement. They took pride in their home and it was maintained perfectly and nicely renovated on top of that.  We all hit it off with each other and they even had you over to meet the neighbors after we went under contract.  I know your family will love living in such a well loved home on a quiet cul-de-sac in a wonderful neighborhood with swim and tennis too! Congratulations on your beautiful home! And, special thanks for trusting our team with your sale and new purchase!

Did you know?  According to the National Association of Realtors, the average real estate agent sells 7 homes per year.  The Peters Company has sold over 118 homes so far this year with 18 more under contract and set to close in the coming months. Don’t settle for average!  Work with the best, and call us today. 

Movin’ On Up in Metro Atlanta

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

Atlanta PeachCongratulations! You’ve made it through your due diligence period and other contingencies and you’re finally about to close on your purchase or sale! The next step is moving! Have you begun thinking about this step in the process? Do you even know where to start? Are you considering hiring professionals instead of tackling the move by yourself? If so, here are some helpful tips as you prepare to hire movers for your big move:

  1. Research– Be sure to go online and check review sites. Ask family and friends about their past experiences. Use social media to get recommendations from others. You could even check their standing with the Better Business Bureau. It’s important to put a little extra work in on the front end so that you can make a smart decision.
  2. Get Multiple Quotes– Call a variety of moving companies and see what their hourly prices are and what it includes. Sometimes companies will have little extras that they offer (free boxes, discount on packing services, etc.). This could make a difference to you beyond just the hourly rate. Let’s just say that cheaper is not necessarily better!
  3. Review the Contract and Ask Questions– Once you’ve selected your mover and are ready to make it official, be sure that the rates and dates listed on the contract match what you were quoted. Check for liability information. Are there any hidden fees? Most importantly, keep a signed copy of the contract until after the move and when you’ve finished unpacking. It’s better to be safe than sorry!

Moving can be overwhelming and is generally something that everybody dreads. It doesn’t have to be that way though! We would be glad to help point you in the right direction! We have a wonderful list of vendors on our website, including Metro Atlanta movers ( If you aren’t quite ready to hire the movers and want to explore buying or selling in Atlanta, give The Peters Company a call! We’d love to help get you MOVING!

*Photo of Atlanta Peach Movers moving Andy and Lesley last year!

Written by Heather Thomas, The Peters Company Listing Coordinator

Last Hoorah for Summer?! Labor Day in Atlanta

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

DragonConWith Summer rapidly coming to an end and Fall right around the corner, what are your plans for your last hoorah?! As always, Atlanta is not lacking in the activity department for Labor Day weekend.  Here are a few  activities that caught my eye and may catch yours too:

  1. Dragon Con :: Sci Fi/Fantasy, gaming and comic fans unite! September 4 – 7 in Downtown Atlanta is the largest festival of its kind! I went to Dragon Con last year and it did not disappoint (see my picture with Tinkerbell to the right)! Even if you are not a fan, the “people” watching is endless and amazing.  Thank me later. The parade is fun (and free!), but get there early! For a full list of events, head over to Dragon Con’s website HERE.
  2. Labor Day Blues BBQ Festival :: The 30th annual WRFG BBQ Festival is at Park Tavern at Piedmont Park on Monday, September 7. The doors open at 12:30 and the tunes start up at 1:00.  BBQ will be available for purchase by Fat Matt’s Rib Shack.  Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Dust off your dancing shoes for an afternoon of blues music and BBQ.  I’m a sucker for live music, so this is sure to be a great time.
  3. Georgia Dome :: Hallelujah it’s football season! The Georgia Dome will be hosting the Chick-fil-A College Football Season kickoff with Auburn Tigers and Louisville Cardinals.  The game will be on Saturday, September 5th at 3:30, but get your tickets now. They’re going fast! While you are downtown, check out the College Football Hall Of Fame.
  4. Local Favorites :Six FlagsStone Mountain, and Lake Lanier are all rocking and rolling Labor Day Weekend. Stone Mountain has their famous laser show with fireworks after.  Lake Lanier will have Lanier World open and a weekend full of “tailgating” kickoff parties.  Each of these will provide you with days and days of fun.
  5. Shopping :: Labor Day isn’t complete without a little shopping, right!? It’s really the last “big sale” until Black Friday shopping. To find your absolute best deals, check out the outlet malls.  Luckily, we have 3 great choices to choose from: North Ga Premium Outlets in Dawsonville, Tanger Outlets in Locust Grove, and Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta in Woodstock. I’m sure all 3 will have fantastic deals and steals over Labor Day Weekend.

Written by The Peters Company Transaction Coordinator, Katelyn Sheffield

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